Colorado Two-Stage Election System Initiative (2014)

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A Colorado Two-Stage Election System Initiative did not make the November 4, 2014 ballot in Colorado as an initiated state statute. The measure would have created a two-stage election system in which all candidates for federal or state offices who qualify for the ballot compete against each other in each stage regardless of their party affiliation or non-affiliation. The second round of voting would have been a run-off style vote from the first round of votes. It also would have allowed every registered elector to vote for any candidate on the ballot in their district regardless of their declared party affiliation or non-affiliation, and provide funding for the purchase of elections equipment by counties.[1]

The Ballot Title Setting Board officially titled this initiative "A change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning a two-round election system for federal and state offices, and, in connection therewith, replacing partisan primary elections with first-round balloting in which any eligible elector may vote; allowing the three candidates with the most first-round votes and any other candidate who earns at least 3% of the first-round votes to advance to the second-round general election regardless of party affiliation; conducting general elections by allowing voters to vote for and rank in order of preference up to three candidates per office; requiring tabulations until a candidate receives fifty percent of the votes; and specifying petition procedures for candidates."[1][2][3]

Text of measure

If the measure had been placed on the ballot, the language would have appeared as:[3]

Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning a two-round election system for federal and state offices, and, in connection therewith, replacing partisan primary elections with first-round balloting in which any eligible elector may vote; allowing the three candidates with the most first-round votes and any other candidate who earns at least 3% of the first-round votes to advance to the second-round general election regardless of party affiliation; conducting general elections by allowing voters to vote for and rank in order of preference up to three candidates per office; requiring tabulations until a candidate receives fifty percent of the votes; and specifying petition procedures for candidates?[4]

Support

  • Ryan Ross, primary proponent
  • Mark McIntosh, second proponent

Both Ross and McIntosh were proponents of Colorado Provisions for Reapportionment and Redistricting Amendment (2014), as well.

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Colorado

Supporters would have had to gather 86,105 valid signatures by Monday, August 4 at 3:00 PM for the measure to appear on the ballot. This measure was withdrawn by supporters with plans to attempt a 2015 ballot placement, instead.[5]

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